The Black Pearl is a 73-foot brigantine which is berthed in Olcott, NY, on Lake Ontario, & which is currently plying the waters of the Niagara River from Lewiston, NY, for a variety of cruises on weekends. She is a handsome vessel with a fascinating history, a bit of which can be seen in the recent Buffalo News article to which I’ve provided a link. The C. Lincoln Vaughan mentioned is a distant cousin of Ray’s. The cruises are a part of Historic Lewiston’s summer events program, & my dear childhood friend, Tim Henderson, provides historical narration on some of them. Ray, my cousin Barb Myers & I took an hour-long excursion last Saturday (21 August 2010) & kidded Tim as the plot thickened…. It was a hazy, gloomy day, & we would have been thoroughly becalmed had it not been for the ship’s quiet engine which took us along the American shore, then drove us into Canadian waters without so much as a by-your-leave, for a look at Queenston, Ontario, & environs. Many familiar sights to be seen on the US side – including the riverbank & some of the big old houses of my childhood. The river was, after all, my front yard. BTW – this Black Pearl was named long before the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise was thought of.
Buffalo News article.
Ray has also posted a photo of the Pearl, which can be seen here .